Final Score: Nebraska 28, No. 15 Wisconsin 35

Brief Recap: Nebraska went toe-to-toe with the Badgers in Madison, and it looked like the Huskers were headed to a potential upset and signature win for Scott Frost. The two sides traded touchdowns in the first half with Adrian Martinez finding Samouri Toure for a touchdown to make it 14-all in the second quarter. The second half produced much of the same with the Huskers managing to tie the game at 28-all with 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately, familiar late-game struggles reared up for Nebraska. It all led to a 53-yard touchdown run by Braelon Allen. Wisconsin’s blocking was clear on that play with Allen getting into the second level cleanly before breaking one tackle and racing to the end zone. In the end, Nebraska’s offense put up more than 450 yards on a stout Wisconsin defense, but it still wasn’t enough. Two costly turnovers and a defense that allowed Allen to put up 200 yards doomed the Huskers.

Key Player: Braelon Allen. After watching Jonathan Taylor record 200-yard games each year vs. Nebraska from 2017-19, Husker fans were more than happy to see him head to the NFL. Unfortunately, not much has changed with the emergence of Allen in Wisconsin’s backfield. He finished the game with 22 carries for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns. That included touchdown runs of 71 and 53  yards.

Key Moment: After tying the game with just over 6 minutes left, Nebraska had a chance to stop the Badgers. On a 2nd-and-6 play in their own territory, Wisconsin ran a short pass play to Jake Ferguson. It wasn’t much, but the Huskers had a chance to bring Ferguson down and force a 3rd-down try. Ferguson broke a tackle and gained a first down up to the Wisconsin 47-yard line. The Badgers handed it off on the next play, and Allen rolled to the go-ahead score.

Key Stat: +2, turnover differential in favor of the Badgers. Nebraska managed to outgain Wisconsin, convert 4-for-9 3rd-down plays, and dominate time of possession by nearly 7 minutes. The costly turnovers and big plays surrendered once again proved to be the difference maker.

What it means for Nebraska: The Huskers fall to 3-8 on the season, miss out on another chance to take down a ranked opponent, and continue their misery in one-possession games. Nebraska will get one more chance to take down a ranked opponent against Iowa in Week 13 but is another game to forget in a year to forget for Nebraska.

What it means for Wisconsin: A trip to Indianapolis is still in sight for the Badgers after staying atop the division with a win over the Huskers. Now, Wisconsin turns its attention to a rivalry showdown vs. Minnesota where a win will net Paul Chryst’s squad a division title and a showdown with either Ohio State or Michigan. Despite the rough start to the season, it is now 7 straight wins as the Badgers have rallied in improbable fashion.